Morrison government ‘dropped the ball’ in Pacific Islands diplomacy
The Labor Party will unveil its new foreign aid plan for Pacific neighbours today as it seeks to square the Coalition over China’s new pact with the Solomon Islands.
Shadow Defence Minister Brendan O’Connor says Australia needs to “invest and engage more with Pacific Island countries” – something the government needs to improve upon.
“What we’ve seen recently is the government dropped the ball in this area, this crucial area,” he told Sky News Australia.
“Not only because it’s amongst our friends, but it is critical to our national security.”
Mr O’Connor said Labor was looking to invest more in defence training, restoring broadcasting in the region and increasing surveillance.
( Source : Sky News Australia Youtube Channel )
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